, Newburyport, MA


October 3, 2012

Tim's Tips: Rid your gardens, planters of diseased leaves


Some of you with large vegetable gardens may wish to rototill this fall. It might be tempting to till in all the dead plants. After all, this is similar to burying the plants. This is not a good idea. The spores will live in the soil and they will be there in the spring to infect your plants. Get rid of them.

Plant debris can become a home for wintering insects. In the fall, many of those insects will lay eggs, and come the spring, the eggs hatch and a new generation of insects will have arrived in your garden. This fall when you are raking up the leaves to take to the leaf dump, add your plant debris and send those diseases on their way.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.


Tim Lamprey is the owner of Harbor Garden Center on Route 1 in Salisbury. His website is Do you have questions for Tim? Send them to, and he will answer them in upcoming columns.

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